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This Is For Frustrated Dreamers

I was driving in to work this morning and I started thinking about all the days I dreaded going to work. I was so sick of it… the job, my boss, the people I worked with, the traffic… I would wake up angry every morning. I didn’t want to deal with the crap of the job, but I was forced to go. I had been homeless, I was broke, living paycheck to hopefully the next paycheck. I couldn’t take a day off for fear I would get fired. I was just frustrated. I thought I hated my life and the job.

It was so aggravating because God had placed all these dreams and hopes in my soul and mind and I had no idea how they were going to come to pass. To have a dream of being something better and living better than the way I was at that moment and to not see a way of getting there felt like death to me. I thought, “Dear God, why would you give me so much hope and not make a way?” But what I learned through prayer was, with no path in front of you and no road map… this is where true faith begins. With faith I realized that I wasn’t frustrated with my life or the job, I was frustrated because I was a person who had dreams for myself, a person who had visions for my life and I wasn’t living it. Have you ever been there, where you felt so strongly that there was more to this life than what you see in front of you?

One of the most difficult things about being a dreamer is the fear that the dream will never happen. I’m here as a living witness to tell you your dreams can come true. You can’t give up. And I am here to let you know that everything can work together for your good. The time that you are spending on that job that you think is a dead end is not. You’re being prepared just like I was. I was a shoeshine boy, I worked as a bill collector, a used car salesman, in housekeeping in a hotel, and they all were preparation for where I am now.

What do these things have to do with where I am now? I’m glad you asked. I am able to use skills that I learned. I shined shoes, so I know how to shine my shoes if I need them to look nice. Selling used cars was a great way to learn how to close a deal. Bill collecting taught me great negotiation skills. Working at that 5-star hotel taught me a lot about travel. Every experience in your life is here to teach you something.

Today, while you’re at work, don’t be frustrated. Look around you and ask God what are you there to learn and how will it be a part of your future dream. Honor that job, do the best you can at it, because God will bless you for honoring something that belongs to another. 

I hope this inspires you today. If you need a little more inspiration then watch my first sit-down interview in years with Oprah on Oprah's Next Chapter. It airs this Sunday on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network at 9/8c. I talk a little about not giving up. I know it will move you.

Here’s a prayer for today: “God help me hold on, help me to get to what I dream of, help me to honor where I am today so that I can appreciate where I will be tomorrow. In Jesus' name.”

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  • Jeff Stone United States

    Thank you for that!!! I'm pretty sure that my journey through this miserable job, (insurance agent), will teach me something that will benefit me in my own budding business. It's good that someone who's been in the tunnel and reached the light and look back and encourage other on that same journey! I did hit you guys up with a request for your company to try my services there in Atlanta. I hope it gets into the right hands and that person sees fit to give me a try!! Be blessed and continue to share your progress. Thanks! Jeff Stone.

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  • Marlene Cheltenham, PA

    Tyler -- I watched the interview you did with Oprah on NEXT CHAPTER and I have HAVES AND HAVE NOTS and LOVE THY NEIGHBOR dvr'd to watch shortly. I so acknowledge you for never giving up, for following your dream in the face of it not being possible. I loved what you said to Oprah about God having a hand in it. What else can explain it? His hand guided you in the right direction even when it didn't look like it. I also have taken everything I know and set it aside to pursue the career of my dreams. This has never been and will never be a job. I plan family vacations to Disney Destinations and fulfill on everything the families want. It is the best thing I have ever done. It is all about them, and never about me. I say that God had a hand in this, giving me a new lease on life and spending whatever time I have left making people happy. I thank you for your commitment to the lives of everyone you touch -- from this unknown lady in Cheltenham to the Staff at TPS to the President of the United States. Thank you for who you are!!

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    • patricia jackson nashville tn #1841137

      HI Mr, Perry my name is patricia but you can call me lynn .you may wont to write about my life.but it's more important things to help people than my life for instance can you please make a play about the struggles people are going through like my husband and i move from Cincinnati, Ohio to Nashville Tn and then he just left me he's on drugs he just walk rt out the door now im struggling on disability trying to pay the rent .he works every day gets paid every tuesday .and smokes his money up instead of helping me build A BETTER LIFE .he gets $200.00 dollars in food stamps and i get $67.00 and he sells his and im left trying to make food last untill the next month thank GOD for section 8 because with out it i would be homeless i can not afford $500.00to $600.00 amonth for rent i get $730.00 dollars a month the government donot care were i live or if i live .there should be a law for dead beat husband THERE IT IS YOUR NEW PLAY THE DAED BEAT HUSBAND..a man should not be able to just leave his family and not support them well i went through legal aid and i filed for divorce I CAN DO BAD BY MY SELF..i just want a chance to make it and reach back and help people who are in need ..buy some property and give people a nice home and not keep telling people you will never own your own home .give people a chance GOD dose it every day .i know i should not play the lottery but every now and then when it gets big i will try to save a dollar .now i'm a grow woman and i have to save to have a dollar .Mr Perry will you please talk to your freinds and see if you and maybe Oprah can build some nice homes for our people i'm in great danger of losing my section 8 voucher because i owe the gas and electic company $4168 DOLLARS AND SOME CHANGE NOW HOW CAN I PAY IT IM ON DISABILTY I CAN'T WORK IF I DO I WILL LOSE MY SECTION 8 AND THEN I WILL BE HOMELESS AND IF I DON'T WORK TO PAY THIS UTILITY BILL I'M STILL RISKING BEING HOMELESS YOU CAN NOT HAVE A SECTION 8 VOUCHER WITH OUT UTILITIES AND THEY MUST BE IN YOUR NAME .SO WHAT DO I DO PREPARE TO BE HOMELESS ...PLEASE GET THIS MESSAGE OUT LET PEOPLE KNOW WHATS REALLY GOING ON THE CASE WORKERS ARE TAKING THE FOOD STAMPS OR GIVING THEM TO FAMILY MEMBERS AND SPLITTING THEM UP AND PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEEDS THEM ARE BEING TURN DOWN ..MY HUSBAND SELLS HIS EVERY MONTH YES I HAVE REPORTED HIM ,BUT HE'S STILL GETTING FOOD STAMPS. THE GRAPE VINE IS STILL OPEN JUST KEEP YOUR EARS OPEN AND LISTEN .... YOU JUST MIGHT HEAR YOUR OWN NAME....I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY I KNOW THEIR IS A GOD....

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  • Yolanda Indiana

    Hello Mr. Perry. I thank you for posting this. It has TRULY inspired me. God has given me a dream also. It started in 2008 and I had no clue what He was up to. Right now, I'm pursing that dream by faith. My prayer is that God lead and guide me ALL THE WAY and that I will FOREVER LISTEN to His voice , MOVE when He says MOVE , STOP when He says STOP, SLOW DOWN when He says SLOW DOWN. May you RICHLY reap ALL that you have SOWED into the lives of people. You're a TRUE inspiration. I admire you.

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  • Linda United States

    I just want to say Thank you sooo very much for that Prayer..Believe me when I say that GOD directed me to this page today of all days to read your post..You hit the nail on the head.. So again Thank-you GOD Bless

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  • Tony Chattanooga, Tennessee

    I go through this everyday. I wake up go to the gym an workout just to release some of the angry an frustration. I bust my behind everyday at work when I go in for 8 hours a want to leave soon as walk in the door. I have a dream of being an animator an when I do have some down time I draw. I've found that when I draw my brain works these amazing charaters onto paper. It hurts knowing that I cant do one of the 3 things I want to do in life. It seems as if I'm stuck an prsy an keep faith in the Lord. This message from Mr. Perry just gave me inspiration to keep my head up an keep going

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  • Tasha

    Hey Tyler, I was wondering when you were waiting on God's timing in your life and for Him to open doors for you, did He give you vivid dreams or previews of things to come?

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  • Charlotte New Orleans, LA

    AMEN, Amen and Amen again. Habbakuk 2:2

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    • Charlotte New Orleans, LA #1836189

      Habbakuk 2:2-3 .... forgot verse three which is the most relevant part! LOL :)

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    • carol burks houston texas #1838234

      I enjoy everything you do.in this life time I would like to visit your studio. I like what you do l love your spirit I know the lord is with you in every thing you do love you hope to see you soon

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  • Abraham Canada

    I've found the problem : my message was too long, so breaking it into parts --2-- --2-- Mostly as I see it -& this is the most amazing side of Tyler Perry- through your personal messages! People do not realize how much effort it takes to write & just keep giving & connecting. Someone might say this is a good PR tactics but we all know that's not the case here. Many famous people do not even care! Many do not even have a website! Many just do not have much in them to give & give! I want to personally thank you for all of these years & years to come. You are a real genuine person & your messages means a lot to me & it just give me a good feeling. A kind of a connection to a true soul that went through many similar things to mine & I see a light in the end of the tunnel because you work so hard to keep it lit for many to follow! I believe the highest level a human can reach is to be a real human being & my friend, I hope we become good friends, this is exactly what you are! What was interesting is that we have different religions. Yet, we had the same experience! I realized that our relationship to God is personal & many times even though we might follow a certain religion we might in fact follow our inner understanding of the religion without even noticing it & that's why your experience was real & I can attest to that as it's just impossible to have this exact experience word to word unless it was with the same source! Our personal connection to God determines our understanding of that relationship & how we act & not the way around. Often times, I find myself having certain believes in my religion but I get shocked that it was my personal believe & interpretations & not what most others believe. At least, this rings true in my case, & I believe in your case too. Every time you write something it hits the nail!

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  • Abraham Canada

    Dear Tyler, *This is a long overdue message * * I hope you really, really, read it as I believe our paths are set to cross in a good way ? * I was hooked on a brand name called "Tyler Perry" the moment I saw Madea :)! I laughed so much, & I knew behind this is someone different someone who is creative & immersed in life with real human experiences. It shows, you can tell someone with an old soul a mile away. So, I browsed & found your website at that time (back in Canada, I think it was 2) I remember clearly my shock when I read your post about how (living in your car, I believe, & hard times) you asked God WHEN is my time (or something similar, I tried to find the post but no luck so far, can you point me to it?) & you got your answer back not yet & that God determines the WHEN! People may not realize this is real, or think ya just inner talking with oneself … but it's real I was shocked because I had this exact conversation you had at the time so it had great impact since it was fresh. Sadly though, I am still deep in that hole. Mostly, because the greed of men/women who snatched my dreams off of my hands because they simply can … etc This is a real problem, since yes I still hold my dreams dear I believe they'll come to pass but people just keep getting in my way. If I had a chance to tell you, you'll understand. In fact my story can be made into a movie. I hope it gets a nice happy ending though. What's the solution to that if they control everything? Should I just write it off as some of God's trials? That would be valid, but I believe the solution is by at least reaching out to GOOD people to balance things out & do something about it. You have been reaching out to people for so long in many different ways. I find it fitting that I reach out to you! --1--

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  • Abraham Canada

    I do not see my previous comment?

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  • Torria Evans Glen Burnie, MD

    Dear Tyler, At this moment I am sitting here at my desk at work feeling every single word you wrote. Today has been a really rough day thus far and I have been thinking about my life, my job and feeling like this is the best that it is going to get, then I get your email and click to your site and this message truly, truly hit home for me. I really believe that God sent me to this site and used you to send me this message. I thank you for being open to God's word and that you willing share his message. I am now choosing to hold on just a little longer and remember that I too can achieve with faith in our Lord. Again, I thank you and please know that your work, and words have blessed me and I'm sure others. God bless and keep you my brother in Christ.

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  • Bob Jackson Philadelphia

    Tyler: Thank you for the words of inspiration. It is hopeful to me that you have walked where I am now walking. I have so many dreams but have yet to receive that elusive break. But I believe it can and will happen if I just keep forging ahead. Continued success to you and I hope we one day cross paths. God Bless, Bob

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